As pointed out yesterday by astute reader Stormgazer, there is a detriment to having a Thunder-Forged weapon. Apparently, once you give them another tier they start emitting a dark cloud of inky black smoke.
That does not sound particularly attractive.
Nonetheless, what am I here for if not to follow up on things like this? With no true alternative, I am all-but-forced to upgrade my new Thunder-Forged Maul and see what is what.
And so I do. It costs me some shards to get enough Dwarven Ingots off the Shard Exchange, but I do not flinch, these are shards being spent in the name of science. Science, people! Empirical observation! Science!
Or at least that is the justification I used this time.
Regardless, a few minutes more and I am the proud owner of a newly upgraded Thunder-Forged Maul. It is really quite lovely, albeit completely unchanged by the upgrade. It looks exactly like it did, except now it is +10 instead of +9 and has a nifty stacking damage bonus.
Is it before? Is it after? No way to tell. It sure is pretty though
But you can’t tell any of that by looking at it, like I say, it looks exactly the same as it did. Exactly. I had to severely alter the color levels and output to get the detail on the maul to stand out in the screenshot – it looks better in-game – but even I can’t tell if I took this shot before the upgrade or after.
I am both relieved and disappointed. Relieved in that the smoke cloud sounds … well, to be frank, it sounds awful, and I am glad to not have to deal with it. But I remain disappointed, as I did want to see the cloud, even if I would rather not own it.
And so I am off to Eveningstar and the Thunder Peaks, running back and forth, looking for anyone holding a roiling black cloud of darkness. It doesn’t take long to find a willing model, and thus I am able to show you the cloud after all.
Sweeetdreams AreMadeOfThese was kind enough to model her Tier 1 heavy repeater
So there you go, it really is a dense cloud of inky blackness, and I am quite glad that for whatever reason, mauls seem to be unaffected. Apparently a few weapons are exempt, including handwraps, but then those aren’t really weapons at all. I even logged out, held my breath and closed my eyes, and logged back in to see if that would trigger the cloud on Chelena’s maul. I could barely look, so I sort of peeked, but yes! No cloud.
At least not yet. I am hoping the forecast continues to call for clear skies and cloudless mauls.
🙂 😀 🙂